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Did you know in 2020, the United States’ energy usage produced 4.57 million metric tons of CO2 emissions? CARB is responsible for defining automobile emissions standards.

CARB’s stated aims include achieving and maintaining good air quality. Through its programs, CARB has also been crucial in promoting innovation throughout the global auto sector.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has established new emissions standards for 2022. Click here to learn more about how they will affect you.

Who and What Do CARB Emissions Standards Impact?

CARB mostly impacts equipment powered by internal combustion engines. Their laws and regulations apply to a wide range of heavy equipment and machinery. For example:

  • Personal vehicles
  • Trucking vehicles
  • Farming tractors
  • Generators
  • Chainsaws
  • Lawnmowers

Any device that uses an internal combustion engine using combustible fuel must get a CARB certificate to show that it is CARB-compliant. This is because internal combustion engines create pollutants, particles, and hazardous gases.

CARB also regulates the quality of fuel sold in California through its Fuel Enforcement Program. This initiative sets regulations and laws to reduce emissions from vehicles and other mobile sources as much as possible. This is because automotive emissions accounted for roughly 55% of state-wide pollution.

CaRFG, diesel fuel, and cargo tank vapor recovery criteria are all regulated by the Fuel Enforcement Program. CARB certification is also necessary for heavy equipment conversions or retrofits. Even if the original equipment was CARB certified, the converted or retrofitted system must be CARB authorized. The CARB 2022 rules impact any commercial vehicle with a diesel engine built after January 1, 2022.

Though CARB only applies to California, other states are adopting CARB legislation. So far Pennsylvania, Maine, and New Jersey are additional CARB opt in states. However businesses are required to understand their own state requirements.

How Will Consumers Be Affected By the New CARB Emissions Regulations?

Restrictions placed on auto manufacturers are expected to increase their prices on chassis and engines. This, in turn, will pass down to customers in a competitive market.

However, the new rules also require extended warranties that will benefit consumers. CARB 22 certification requires 5yr/350,000 mi coverage for heavy duty vehicles (above 33,000 lbs GVWR) and 5yr/150,000 mi coverage for medium duty vehicles (equal to or below 33,000 lbs GVWR).

If you have any questions about the 2022 emissions regulations, don’t hesitate to contact our experts for assistance.